PSG vs Real Sociedad Match Analysis & Prediction
14/02/2024 11:00 pm
Paris Saint-Germain resume their bid to win an elusive Champions League title when they play host to Real Sociedad at the Parc des Princes for the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday night.
Les Prisiens came from behind to beat Lille 3-1 on home soil in Ligue 1 last weekend, while Real Sociedad suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Osasuna in La Liga.
PSG turn their attention back to the Champions League for the first time in two months since scraping through to the last 16 after finishing second in Group F.
Despite failing to win any of their last three group-stage matches, a 1-1 draw with group winner Borussia Dortmund on matchday six was enough to finish above AC Milan in third on goal difference.
Luis Enrique’s side enter the last 16 of the Champions League for the 12th season in a row, but they will be seeking to avoid a third successive elimination at this stage after losing to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively in the previous two campaigns.
PSG have struggled to overcome Spanish opposition in the Champions League knockout rounds as they have been eliminated on five of the last six occasions, but they will fancy their chances of first-leg success on Wednesday as they have lost just seven of their last 72 European home games, winning 46 and drawing the remaining 19 in the process.
Meanwhile, Real Sociedad are facing an uphill battle to secure Champions League football for next season as they have slipped down to seventh place in the La Liga standings, 11 points behind the top four following a run of just one win in their last eight matches.
The Champions League knockout rounds could prove to be a welcome distraction for Sociedad, who have successfully progressed to the last 16 for just the second time in their history and for the first time since 200304 after topping Group D ahead of Inter Milan, winning three and drawing three of their six matches to finish atop on goal difference.
Imanol Alguacil’s side will hope to better their last performance in the round of 16 when they also faced French opposition in the form of Lyon, losing both legs by a 1-0 scoreline.
Having failed to score in any of their last four matches, Real Sociedad must lace their shooting boots on Wednesday if they wish to secure a positive result against a PSG side who have not lost on home soil since September last year.
PSG vs. Real Sociedad Head to head
This will be the first meetings between these two teams.
14/02/2024PSGN/AReal SociedadN/AChampions League
PSG Team News
PSG are still have to cope without Presnel Kimpembe (Achilles), Milan Skriniar (ankle), Sergio Rico (head), Nuno Mendes (hamstring) and Layvin Kurzawa (back) due to injury.
Enrique could be tempted to recall a number of players including Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos and Warren Zaire-Emery, who all began as substitutes last time out.
PSG's Last 5 Matches
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Real Sociedad Team News
Real Sociedad’s Sheraldo Becker (muscle), Kieran Tierney (hamstring), Alvaro Odriozola, Carlos Fernandez and Aihen Munoz (all knee) are remain sidelined with injuries.
Alguacil is expected to strengthen his defence by recalling right-back Hamari Traore and centre-back Robin Le Normand, with Jon Aramburu and Jon Pacheco the most likely duo to make way.
Real Sociedad's Last 5 Matches
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PSG vs. Real Sociedad: Odds and Predictions
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